couth

adjective
\ˈküth \

Definition of couth 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: sophisticated, polished Although they disagreed with the speaker, they were couth enough to listen to him respectfully.

couth

noun

Definition of couth (Entry 2 of 2)

: polish, refinement I expected kindness and gentility … but there is such a thing as too much couth.— S. J. Perelman

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Examples of couth in a Sentence

Adjective

he's remarkably couth for someone who grew up in a small town with limited cultural opportunities

Noun

their future son-in-law's lack of couth was of some concern to this patrician couple

First Known Use of couth

Adjective

1896, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couth

Adjective

back-formation from uncouth

Noun

see couth entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near couth

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coutel

coûte que coûte

couth

couthie

coutil

couture

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